Sixteen time league champions Sports Club Villa are far from getting back to the table of men. The side that ushered Ben Immanuel Misagga as the new president looked like they were on course to revive their glory days.
Just a reminder, Villa is the only Ugandan Club to play back to back continental finals in 1992 and 1993. They won the national league seven straight times between 1998 and 2004 and boast of three Cecafa titles, more than any other club. Not forgetting the eight Uganda cup titles.
The 2014/2015 season looked like one that will bring back those glory days, though they re-signed players who have been around Ugandan football and offered less, the ‘organization’ that was put out there for everyone to see spoke volumes.
Villa started the season in fine form winning their first two games against Soana (1-0) and Lweza (2-0) both at home. Villa’s first away game ended in defeat when Police humbled them 2-1 in Kavumba.
Next thing we heard tactician Steven Bogere had an altercation with his president Misagga and the former was later fired. Reason, Bogere was meant to win the league unbeaten and that lose was to act as a seal on his sacking later.
Though an official club statement preferred to sugar quote the development by saying Bogere was going for further studies in South Africa. In less than 24 hours, journeyman Sam Simbwa was to be unveiled as Bogere’s successor on Wednesday morning.
Whether Simbwa will be given the same conditions as Bogere we wait to see, but as it looks, SC Villa have a lot of work to do administratively if they are to become a force again on the local scene.